By Guest Blogger Emily, Arkansas
My 18th birthday will always be memorable, mostly because of the surprise party my mother and my best friend threw in my honor. Dinner and cake, family and friends—it was a great party. But, as wonderful as the party was, it isn’t the most prominent memory from that day. What I remember vividly is going after school to my county’s courthouse and walking into the county clerk’s office. The thought crossed my mind that less than a hundred years before, as a woman, my registering to vote would not have been possible. I wasn’t wasting any time!
When six young Kappa women banded together at Monmouth College in 1870, they faced a world much different than the one we live in today. Not allowed to vote, few women were even accepted as students in higher educational institutions. Fifty years after the founding of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the 19th Amendment was ratified—only then were women given the right to vote in the United States. When we exercise our right to vote, we are honoring all of the Kappas and women who came before us to establish our right to vote.
My friends can attest that I am passionate about voting. The only time I missed Election Day was due to a bad case of strep throat. When I know I will be unable to vote the day of, I register for an absentee ballot. I see voting as a right and a privilege. I encourage you to join me and make your voice known. If you need a little incentive, just remember not so long ago women were battling for what we now take for granted!
If you are not registered to vote and would like more information, visit the United States Election Assistance Committee for U.S. citizens and the Elections Canada for Canadian citizens.